Councillor defends controversial Bachelorette conduct
NOOSA Councillor Jess Glasgow has denied bringing his local government into disrepute on national television as a contestant on The Bachelorette.
This morning Cr Glasgow has been referred to the Office of the Independent Assessor over an alleged breach of the Councillor's Code of Conduct on the show last night.
Mayor Tony Wellington said Cr Glasgow's behaviour on The Bachelorette was not reflective of Noosa Council and what the organisation stood for, nor was it reflective of the Noosa community's values.
Speaking to the Sunshine Coast Daily, Cr Glasgow defended his conduct on the show his representation of the tourist town.
"I do not think I brought Noosa Council or Noosa into disrepute," Cr Glasgow said.
"It's reality television. I did not say anything with malice or anything that was disrespectful."
In a sneak peak of tonight's episode, Channel 10 has shown footage of Cr Glasgow at a photo shoot with Bachelorette Angie Kent, who is also from the Coast.
He says "don't mind me if I get some wandering fingers all right?"
His comments are not taken lightly by Ms Kent.
"If a man can't accept and respect what I am putting down I'd rather be single for the rest of my life," she says later in the preview.
Yesterday, Cr Glasgow told the Daily he had the approval to appear on the show from Cr Wellington - something he now says is untrue.
Cr Glasgow quickly backtracked his comments from yesterday.
"I was under confidential agreement and I told Tony (Wellington) that I was going on annual leave," he said.
"He (Cr Wellington) was the first person I told when I was back.
"Cr Wellington told me 'what I do on annual leave is up to me, just don't bring council into disrepute'."
Speaking on ABC Sunshine Coast this morning, Cr Glashow was interviewed by host Rob Blackmore.
When questioned about whether he had approval to go on the dating show, Cr Glasgow said "when I was asked to do it, I said I will ask the boss for a few weeks leave and go 'have a go' … it was a spur of a moment thing."
"Who is your boss?" Mr Blackmore asked.
Cr Glasgow replied "Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington".
"He said 'you can choose to do what you like on four weeks' leave Jess, it's up to you'," he said on air.
Cr Wellington has dismissed claims by Cr Glasgow that he informed him of his appearance on The Bachelorette before the show was recorded.
"I had no idea he was appearing until long after the show was recorded," Cr Wellington said.
"I was not approached by Cr Glasgow for permission to appear. No-one on the council knew.
"Councillors don't have annual leave. There are no specific provisions for leave."
Cr Wellington also confirmed Cr Joe Jurisevic did not ask permission before appearing on Hard Quiz earlier this year.
He said Cr Jurisevic arguably did not have to seek permission and was not acting in his role as Noosa Councillor during his appearance on the show.
The difference was, Cr Wellington said, was Cr Glasgow's repeated references of himself as a Noosa Councillor on The Bachelorette.